How do I dispose of paint?

Household Chemical CleanOut events

Paint and most other household chemicals can be disposed of free at Household Chemical CleanOut events. These are held in various locations in NSW on specified dates, usually 9am-3.30pm. This service is free.

View a schedule of collection days and locations in NSW


CleanOut can accept up to 20L or 20kg of a singular item.

Waste collection services

Paint can also be taken to some waste collection stations (fees are charged per litre).

Sydney area

Suez will accept paint and motor oil.
Phone: 1300 651 116

Regional areas

For other regional areas contact your local council.

View a list of NSW councils

Tip: You might be able to give away larger quantities of viable leftover paint online through freecycle.

Empty tins

Empty paint tins or those containing completely dry paint can be safely disposed of in the garbage (general collection or recycling, depending on your council's preference) or recycled for scrap metal after removing the lid.

If you have a tin containing a small amount of liquid paint, tip it out onto an adsorbent material such as newspaper or kitty litter then allow it to dry completely. The dry, solid paint can go into the general waste.